1955 - 1993

As Jane Elizabeth Groombridge, she was born at Brixton, London on 26 July 1955, daughter of Peter Groombridge (27 May 1931-1985) and his wife Daisy J. M. née Bullen (born 28 May 1931), who married in Surrey in 1952. Educated at Sydenham School and studied as a sculptor at Ravensbourne College of Art and Design and at Goldsmiths' College, London 1973-1974 and sculptor Bernard Meadows (1915-2005), accepted her on the foundry course at the Royal College of Art where in 1978 she became its first female student and from where she won the Angeloni Prize. She married at Bromley, Kent in 1976, David Truzzi-Franconi (born 1949) and worked under her married name. From the early 1980's Jane spent much of her time in Suffolk where she established a foundry at Clock House, Bruisyard and a studio at 4 Wolsey Cottages, Strickland Manor Hill, Yoxford. Her work, sometimes using the lost-wax process, was notable for the tree and spiral forms, sculptures of bantams and peacocks, highly abstracted sea and fish forms in her later years. She died at Ipswich in 1993 and a retrospective exhibition was at The Wolsey Gallery, Christchurch, Ipswich in 1996 and another at Freedom Works, Yoxford in 2005.

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